The Disney Cruise Line team is giving us a summertime treat, and it's not even April yet!
The family cruise company is expanding its reach by building two more ships, each one more than 1,000 feet long and over 200 feet high! That's a lot of space for happy families!
As someone who has taken at least two Disney cruises, I can tell you these ships are loaded with entertainment and fun for the whole family. The dining rooms have light shows and guest appearances by your favorite princesses. There's shuffleboard and giant pool slides, book libraries and game libraries, computer labs and (probably) a science lab or two. PLUS they make stops at various ports along the cruise's itinerary, so you can go to shore and gain new experiences!
Disney signed a contract with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, and they aim to have the new ships ready by 2021 and 2023, respectively.
“We pride ourselves on the unforgettable vacation experiences we deliver to our guests each and every day, and the expansion of our Disney fleet will allow us to create even more magical memories for families at sea and in incredible cruise destinations around the world,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.
Each ship is planned to be around 135,000 gross tons, slightly larger than the newer Disney ships, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. Each ship will also have about 1,250 guest staterooms. Each stateroom is a generous size, and can house large families for a voyage at sea.
Each ship has a unique name that can fit into the sentence "Have a ____ day!" When I went on my cruises, I went on the Wonder and the Fantasy. It will be interesting to see what new names and features the Disney team will dream up for their two new ships!
The Disney Cruise Line has been serving families since 1998, and launched its newest ships (Fantasy and Dream) in 2011 and 2012. They are also the leading company in some pretty cool inventions, such as the AquaDuck, a water coaster at sea, and the Magical Portholes in almost every stateroom, which allow real time views of life under the sea, as well as some animated Disney characters out for a swim.
“The expansion of Disney Cruise Line only adds to our excitement for the unprecedented growth taking place across our vacation destinations, fromnew Star Wars experiences coming to the Walt Disney World andDisneyland resorts to the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the grand opening of our newest park, Shanghai Disney Resort,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
What would you want to name the new Disney cruise ships? Do you plan on taking a cruise on them when they launch for maiden voyage?